Team Survivor Newsletter February 2023

From Tahoe to Kickoff Video

Team Survivor Kicks Off Eighth Season!

We had an amazing Kickoff at the University of Colorado Anschutz Research Center on January 25th! We had 20 in attendance along with the teammates who dialed into the video conference (almost the entire team!). Thanks again to James and the university for hosting us and for sharing an update on the important research your team is doing along with the lab tour. The tour helped everyone connect the dots from the donations we raise to the research we help fund. We started the night with the annual “From Tahoe to Kickoff” video – the video is at the top of the newsletter. So many miles and smiles!

We thank Dawn Dey Turner for sharing her family’s story for our Mission Moment. You continue to remind us how important it is for us to continue to raise donations and support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Thank you for joining the team this year and bringing your family along for the ride!

It was so meaningful to have everyone introduce themselves and talk about why they are on the team. It was striking to hear all of the emotional stories that drive each of us to support the mission.

Welcome new members Kassy Jankowski, Kyle Jankowski, Hannah Jankowski and Steve Fish. And welcome back Dawn Dey Turner!

Team Survivor State of the Union: in our seven years we have raised $750,000 and funded 4 blood cancer research grants. In 2022, the team raised $124,947. Congratulations to Rance McDougald for leading again with $23,845 – amazing job! Our goals for 2023 are to recruit 30 teammates and fund another research portfolio by raising $100,000.

Why it matters. Here are the stats that I shared – I would encourage you to use this information on your fundraising letters, emails and social posts:

  • Every 3 minutes someone in the US is diagnosed with a blood cancer
  • More that $1.5 million people in the US are living with or in remission from leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma
  • About 30 percent of blood cancer patients still do not survive five years after diagnosis

Those are the facts. So why should people donate to Team Survivor and LLS?

  • LLS has helped advance more than 70% of the 110 blood cancer treatment options approved by the FDA over the past 6 years
  • Donating to LLS will ensure we continue to see progress in treatment options for blood cancer as well as all other cancers.

Thanks to Jess Palacio, TNT Campaign Development Manager, for joining our Kickoff meeting and for providing our food and drink. It was great to meet you and we appreciate all your support!


During our Kickoff we talked about the importance of fundraising. The donations we collect will fund critical blood cancer research, treatment and cures. You heard first hand from Dr. James DeGregori about some of the many advancements being made as a result of LLS fundraising. As always, our goal is $100,000 – as of February 1st we have raised almost $20,000. The season has now officially started so it’s time to start fundraising – let’s make it happen! Here is the current leaderboard:

  • John Reumann – $6305
  • Rance McDougald – $2048
  • Meli Reumann – $2033
  • Hank Windmoeller – $2000
  • Chin Shaulis – $1700
  • Diena McDougald – $1483
  • James DeGregori – $1200

New Member Alert

We are so happy to welcome back Eve Widner! Thanks for joining us for another year of miles and smiles!

Get the Kit!

Just 15 shopping days left before I place the order for our TS kits for 2023. Join the green machine by ordering today. Here is the shop site link –

January Rides

Rich Loop

Cherry Creek Reservoir

Time to fundraise!

John Reumann

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